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With Cash And Cachet, The Islamic State Expands Its Empire

Based in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State is using its chameleon-like branding and financial incentives to attract extremist groups from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula to Libya's Mediterranean coast.
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Indonesia Urged To Stop 'Virginity Tests' For Female Police Recruits

Human Rights Watch says the test is discriminatory and "harms and humiliates women." The test is listed as a requirement for female applicants, and the group said it is widely applied.
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Once Tolerated, Westerners Are Now Targeted By Radical Islamists

The kidnapping and killing of Westerners isn't a new phenomenon in the Middle East. But the last time around, it stopped after just a few years. This time there's no end in sight.
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As Espresso Rises, Will 'Greek Coffee' Be Left To The Turks?

"Greek coffee" may be a matter of national pride in the Mediterranean nation. But increasingly, Greeks are embracing espresso, an imported brew. Chalk it up to globalization.
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FIFA Files Criminal Complaint Over 2018, 2022 Soccer World Cup Bidding

Soccer's governing body said assets may have been transferred to Switzerland in connection with the bids. Just days ago, FIFA cleared eventual winners Russia and Qatar of corruption.
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With Japan In Recession, Prime Minister Calls For Snap Elections

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for an election two years ahead of schedule, and he also delayed an increase in sales tax.
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German Town Uses Neo-Nazi March For Its Benefit

Since residents couldn't stop the annual march, officials had it sponsored. For every mile the Nazis marched, companies donated to a support group for neo-Nazis who want out.
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Attack On Jerusalem Synagogue Leaves 4 Dead

Assailants armed with a gun, knives and axes attacked worshippers during morning prayers. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to respond "with a heavy hand."
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France Shocked That Frenchman Is A Knife-Wielding ISIS Militant

Officials confirmed that at least 1 Frenchman appears in a video that shows the beheaded bodies of an American and 18 Syrian soldiers. Maxime Hauchard left France in 2013 to join militants in Syria.
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Four Years Living In A War Zone, Syrians Struggle To Get By

Steve Inskeep talks to Syrian filmmaker Saeed Albatal, which is a pseudonym he uses because he lives in a war zone. He paints a picture of what daily life is like.

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